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CRN Responds to 'Supplement Safety Now' Initiative
Date:12/2/2009

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to a press conference call held today on "Supplement Safety Now," an initiative from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and other organizations, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association representing the dietary supplement industry, issued the following statement:

Statement by Steve Mister, President and CEO:

"We share the concerns of Travis Tygart (USADA Executive Director) and his colleagues at Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and a coalition of other organizations, about rogue companies that sell illegal drug products labeled as dietary supplements. This kind of criminal activity is dangerous to consumers and also negatively impacts the overwhelming majority of dietary supplement companies that are committed to following the laws. We strongly encourage regulatory agencies to continue to take the enforcement actions available to them under the law, including criminal sanctions, against these companies.

CRN commends USADA and the other supporting organizations for today stepping forward in a united front to find ways to get these illegal products removed from the marketplace. Where CRN can find common ground on the solutions, we look forward to potentially partnering with these organizations on 'Supplement Safety Now.' We further appreciate Mr. Tygart's clarifications that marketers of anabolic steroids are already breaking the law and that these rogue companies undermine the credibility of the responsible dietary supplement industry, which strives to provide high-quality products to better consumers' health and wellness.

CRN believes that the current regulatory framework is more than adequate to support the objectives of ensuring consumers' access to safe supplement products--if the la
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